To read more about Pastor Velez's church and ministry in Mission, TX: http://www.iglesiabautistacolonial.org/
God laid the ground-work for a life-changing revival on Thursday night (June 2nd). A few ladies prepared a delicious meal for all of the couples, and it was a real treat to sit down to a candle-lit dinner and relax.
As you look through these pictures, keep in mind that these couples are the foundation of our Spanish church. Most are new converts with a sincere desire to learn more about God. Each couple represents a family, and each family represents another opportunity to reach Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, the WORLD for Christ.
After the meal and some interesting games, Pastor Velez spoke to us about the importance of effective communication in the marriage relationship. We left that night with our physical bellies full, but our hearts were hungry for more of God's Word. We were eager to see what else God had in store...
Friday night's service turned out to be another blessing. Pastor Velez preached a message in both Spanish and English about opening our eyes to what God is doing and what God wants to do in our lives.
Our choir provided special music each night. I am so proud of each member's willingness to participate and be used of God in the choir.
Our ushers in their famous burgundy coats... The second one from the left is kinda cute! :)
The ushers with Pastor Velez (left) and our Hispanic pastor Alfredo Ledezma.
In spite of the large crowd, we had TONS of sandwiches left over. :)
OK, I don't have any more pictures, but I do want to share a little more about the Sunday morning and evening services. During Sunday school, Pastor Velez shared the plan of salvation and how to lead a soul to Christ. It was a VERY helpful session and very practical for our new converts. Sunday morning's service followed, and although God spoke to my heart in a different way in each service, I was most impacted by the message Pastor Velez brought then. He spoke about the different ways God uses to get our attention, and how sometimes, He has to resort to drastic measures, maybe even chastise us, in order for us to look to Him when He is calling. The closing question that still burns in my heart even today was: How far will God have to go to get your attention? Even though I had to play the piano for the invitation, I prayed that God would soften my heart and help me to be attentive to His call.
I feel so blessed to be a part of the Spanish ministry at Faith FWB Church. Even as I went through these pictures, I was reminded once again that God is at work in our church and in our community, and it challenges me to do even more to impact the world for Christ!